Va. sheriff's deputies settle employee attendance lawsuit

A small group of former law enforcement workers in Middlesex County, Va. has settled with their employer after filing a lawsuit that reached the local Federal District Court.

The three men who had previously served as sheriff's deputies were awarded a total of roughly $17,000, according to local news source the Southside Sentinel. The compensation amount was decided on by county commissioners in a closed session and proved to be agreeable to both parties.

The time and attendance dispute centered around hour tracking and overtime questions, including when work done by some of the deputies as police dog trainers and operators allegedly wasn't recorded. The suit had claimed that the trio didn't receive proper overtime payment or compensatory time when their work schedules exceeded 40 hours per week.

Comp time - a type of paid time off accrued at a rate of one-and-one-half hours for every hour worked after the overtime threshold is met - is an alternative payment form for many local, state and federal government agencies. The Fair Labor Standards Act limits its use to public employees although some private workers may use it, as long as the technical terms of its implementation don't infringe on the rules of the act.

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